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21  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 16, 2014 06:45:59 PM
Most of my crafting this month has been for the June Round of the Ongoing ATC Swap.  I've sent out the first four cards, and one has already been received, so I finally start to get posting stuff!

Prompt: Team Spirit - Wordy
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Paperology
Project Name: "We'll All Give Thanks" ATC
Brief Description: "To have another language is to possess a second soul."  - Charlemagne.  I claimed CDEeeek for the theme "In a Perfect World", and I was working on this card around Pentecost Sunday.  Our priest referred in his sermon to the birth of the church and the preaching in all languages as "the undoing of Babel", and I rather liked that idea.  In the context of the quote, I like to think of the second soul as the Holy Spirit: In a Perfect World, as we reach out to each other and try to be kind and understand each person on his/her own terms (in his her own language), we achieve something holy.  This card features the word "thanks" in at least a couple dozen different languages.
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22  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 16, 2014 06:21:18 PM
I have mostly been working on ATCs for the June round of the Ongoing Swap so far this month.  Thankfully, four have been sent, and the first one has now been received, so I finally start getting to post some projects.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"We'll All Give Thanks" ATC
Brief Description: I claimed CDEeeek for the theme "In a Perfect World...", and so I finished that with the sentiment "we'll all give thanks."  It meets the Charms prompt pretty literally -- the card says "thanks" in dozens of languages.  It is watercolor pencil with a little bit of black outlining.
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Normally I wouldn't show the back of a regular card, but for the very first time, I wrapped the design around the back and tried doing mitered corners.  I messed up the measurements horribly, but nevertheless I like the visual look and will practice incorporating this (more neatly) into future cards.

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23  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: June 13, 2014 07:22:19 PM
Alright, I'm up first this month!  I received two great cards from CDEeeek today, both for new themes I introduced this month.  First up is the Virgin Mary:



I absolutely love the display frame, which the card can be easily slid out of.  I will keep her in there for a while, though, because I sure do like looking at it.  Smiley

Next is a card entitled, "Better Make That a Double", for my "Snarky 50's Housewives" theme:



It is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for, and the polka dot background is wonderful.  The speech bubble says, "OMG! I better have me that drink -- Bob & the kids will be home any minute!"  Tee-hee.  Grin

Thanks for getting our gallery off to such a wonderful start, CDEeeek!
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24  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 06, 2014 10:41:07 PM
Prompt: June - Onomatopoeia
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Foodology
Project Name: "Womp Womp" Crockpot Sesame Chicken
Project Link: http://labileotter.tumblr.com/post/56926437983/crockpot-sesame-chicken
Brief Description: Today was my last contract day at school -- woohoo, summer break has officially started!  But DH will now be expecting several home-cooked meals a week.  A friend pinned this yesterday, and I knew it would be a super easy recipe to make as a surprise dinner for DH tonight.  He was surprised, alright... surprised to walk in with his doggie bag of leftover sesame chicken from lunch today, only to find out he was eating the same thing for dinner tonight!   Shocked

::cue trombone::
womp womp.....

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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 06, 2014 10:22:55 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"Swing and a Miss" Crockpot Sesame Chicken
Project Page Link: http://labileotter.tumblr.com/post/56926437983/crockpot-sesame-chicken
Brief Description: So named because it was not a hit, either with me or DH.  Undecided  But anywho... today was my last contract day at school (woo-hoo!), and while I'll still be working several optional weeks doing curriculum writing, etc., my summer break has officially begun.  But that also means that DH expects me to start cooking dinner on the regs.  The thing is, he and I tend to get on very different schedules over summer.  Late afternoon/early evening are my prime crafting hours, which is also the time of day he expects to get home from work and find a home-cooked meal.  Tongue  A friend had this posted on Pinterest yesterday, and it got me to thinking... DH actually owns a crockpot, which I have never seen him use once the entire five years we've been together.  I've never cooked with a crockpot before, but it seems perfect to get it going earlier in the day so I can spend my afternoon hours crafting away.  Thus, in the spirit of learning how to use the slow cooker and embarking on a path of crockpot cuisine, I surprised him with this dinner.  (He was surprised, alright... turns out he had sesame chicken for lunch!  And walked in the house with doggie bag in hand.  Shocked)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Order in a Chaotic Craft Room
Brief Description: Now that my High Crafty Season has begun, I have several projects lined up to get started on.  However, I haven't worked on anything since March/April's Puzzle Swap, and my craft room/office had gotten piled up with supplies, mail, etc., so before embarking on any actual crafting, a thorough tidying was in order.
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Before:

After!


And my desk area:

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26  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: May 31, 2014 04:22:15 PM
Battle/Challenge: March - Idioms
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Flowers altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: There are many English idioms inspired by flowers: "nip in the bud", "pushing daisies", "everything's come up roses", etc.  While these pieces don't represent any single idiom in particular, they are meant to represent the vast variety available. = )
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Battle/Challenge: March - Friendship is Magic
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Kawaii altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: These kawaii-themed puzzle pieces were crafted for a swap partner.
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Battle/Challenge: March - Luck of the Irish
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Green Altered Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: These green puzzle pieces were made for the recent Altered Puzzle Swap.
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Battle/Challenge: March - Exterminate
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Chocolate & Turquoise Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: I used up the last of a pack of teardrop-shaped stickers on one of the pieces for this chocolate & turquoise themed pair of puzzle pieces.
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Battle/Challenge: April - What's Your Sign?
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Nature-themed Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: Capricorn is an Earth sign, and so I opted to use a lot of natural items in this pair of puzzle pieces.
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Battle/Challenge: April - Honey, You Should See Me in a Crown
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Purple Royal(e) Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: This pair of puzzle pieces is inspired by the regal color of purple.  The text says "Hollywood Squares" and "Purple Royale: (Grimace) VS. (Barney)"
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Battle/Challenge: April - Now We're Cooking
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Thai Turkey Meatballs
Project Page Link: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Blogs/Twin-Cities-Taste/October-2012/Thai-Turkey-Meatballs/
Brief Description: These yummy turkey meatballs were a big hit with DH.  Definitely worth making the optional coconut curry broth!
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Battle/Challenge: April - You're the Best Around
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
"C'Mere Babe" ATC
Brief Description: Artist Trading Cards are definitely my craft of choice.  This one was done for the March round of the Ongoing Swap.
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Battle/Challenge: April - Shrines
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Foreign Language Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: "Foreign Language" is probably not something most would identify as a "geekdom", but I just absolutely love it, in the nerdiest way possible.  Grammar gets my geek going, I'm cuckoo for cognates... if I had a superpower, it would be the ability to speak any foreign language.  Luckily, one of my partners in the recent Altered Puzzle Swap had this as her theme.  And while altered puzzles are not traditionally interpreted as shrines, they are absolutely in the spirit of the medium.
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Battle/Challenge: May - Book Arts
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Kaguya-hime ATC
Brief Description: Kaguya-hime ("Princess Kaguya", also known as "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter") is one of my favorite Japanese folktales.  This ATC is my version of one of the pages from a popular children's illustrated edition (think the Japanese version of Golden Books).
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Battle/Challenge: May - It's Actually Pretty Easy Being Green
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Stamps puzzle piece
Brief Description: This puzzle piece re-purposed a ton of foreign postage stamps I've received from international swap partners.  (It was for a "Quotes" theme, and the text reads: "To have another language is to possess another soul.")
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Battle/Challenge: May - Going Postal
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Ocean Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: This ocean-themed puzzle piece was the first I mailed off in the recent Altered Puzzle Swap.
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Battle/Challenge: May - Department of the.... (Adjacent to the) Interior
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Spring Flowers
Brief Description: This may be a stretch, and if it's not eligible for points, I totally understand.  We decorated the flower beds in our front yard by planting new flowers around six weeks ago, as the weather turned wonderfully spring-like.
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Battle/Challenge: May - Right in the Feels
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
"Reading with Grandma" ATC
Brief Description: When my brother and I were little, whenever our grandmother would come to visit us, the very first thing we would do is sit in the arm-chair with her and have her read us the same Richard Scarry book aloud.  In this ATC, I represented the three of us as Richard Scarry characters, reading together.
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Battle/Challenge: May Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
RuPaul Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: Queen of the Drag Queens RuPaul is one of my favorite "fictional females" (as in, she is fictionally a female).  This piece was designed for a quote-themed altered puzzle.
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: May 31, 2014 01:57:02 PM
Four more days of school left... four more days. Hopefully I will be a lot more active in the HPC thread come summer.   Wink

Until then, I submit my obligatory end-of-term project dump.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Altered Puzzle Swap - ocean/beach theme
Brief Description: This piece was inspired by my (imaginary) trip to the bottom of the ocean.  While there, I got to see all manner of sea creatures, including a poly clay sea horse.  (The turtle is a metal charm I painted.)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Altered Puzzle Swap - flowers theme
Brief Description: My fwopper takes its cues from the myriad of colors found in flowers.  (The 3D ones are poly clay.)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Altered Puzzle Swap - chocolate & turquoise theme
Brief Description: My two techniques/mediums for these sets of pieces were paper crafting (mod podge & stickers) and poly clay.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DaDA
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Altered Puzzle Private Swap - purple theme
Brief Description: Amazing Craftster member JillHogan does a wonderful job of hosting the Altered Puzzle Piece Swaps.  I had the opportunity to do a private swap with her and get to know her a little. = )  (The text on the pieces says "Hollywood Squares" and "Purple Royale: (Grimace) VS. (Barney)"
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Altered Puzzle Private Swap - Sun & Moon theme
Brief Description: The whole time I worked on my Divination assignment, the skies were clear (even at night), so for my Aeromancy project, I focused on the sun and moon instead of clouds.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Altered Puzzle Private Swap - Nature theme
Brief Description: These two nature-themed pieces feature a variety of winged creatures, including bees, ladybugs and butterflies.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Closet Fabric Storage Center
Brief Description: For my Herbology assignment, I made a fabric storage system in my craft room closet.  It helps me to keep all my fabrics handy and visible for crafting, but also makes me happy because I love looking at them!
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28  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: May 10, 2014 12:10:03 PM
My puzzle is complete!  I did a private swap with our lovely organizer, JillHogan, which proved to be fortuitous since she also made my angel pieces.

First, the two actual pieces, starting with "La Sandía".  The colors are absolutely wonderful (and incidentally, La Sandía just happens to be one of my favorite cocktails at the watering hole I frequent down on the river during the summer time  Grin)



Next up, my favorite of the whole batch, "El Snitch Dorado" (tee-hee!):



And then, for the two angel pieces, "La Araña"...



... and "El Perro":



Thanks so much, Jill!  They're absolutely my style, I love them.  And thus, my puzzle is now complete!  Thank you all for the wonderful swap, I'm so excited to start the next round (I have about 18 themes I want to go with now... but I think I've narrowed it down to a winner  Wink)

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29  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: April 25, 2014 06:21:56 AM
I received from IsikkahJai last night:



I love the black/white contrast of the two pieces as a pair!  The sparkly shoe sticker is just fabulous, and the layering and texturing of the palm leaves is simply wonderful.  Really great pieces, IJ, thank you so much!

And.... for the first time this morning, I put what I've already received together, just to get a feel for it.  Too excited not to take a picture of that, too!  Wink

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30  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: April 20, 2014 03:24:22 PM
Since stillatthetop is unable to post pictures at the moment, she asked me to go ahead and put up the pieces I sent her.  These are for her "Nature" theme:

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